Santa’s Workshop
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Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop

Captain John Voss sailed a dugout canoe that he found in a backlot somewhere in Victoria BC most of the way around the world. He was a retired sealing captain and an extraordinary seaman to be sure, but still, a dugout canoe for God’s sake!

His book, The Ventursome Voyages of Captain John Voss is worth finding and reading. To give you some idea of the man, while in Australia he toured his canoe around on a train giving talks to raise money to further his trip.

One of the reasons he was so confident in his craft is that he bought the best hardware and gear he could find.

Captain Voss should be turning in his grave right about now as I pay the price for scrimping. A chick of the rimming rigging turns up s badly chafed foreguy. I bought more line to replace the existing guys before I left thinking it wise to replace some line that had seen a lot of use. I scrimped on the foreguys as they are lightly loaded. They didn’t last a week of service. The old guys, even after a couple of thousand miles show no wear whatsoever.

Here I’m splicing on extra cover as chafe protection for the guy.

As Voss himself might have remarks “Penny wise and pound foolish.”

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

  • Tony Yanca
    Posted at 02:58h, 06 April Reply

    Hi Bert, I came across your voyage on looking for more positive and up-beat news in the world today. As we continue to try to isolate ourselves looking to conquer this extremely serious virus, you’re essentially isolated fighting the elements of Ocean Blue. I’m a surfer in Southern California and I’m always intrigued by extremely passionate individuals who take on these adventures, especially when it involves the ocean. I’m currently listening to some Reggae and enjoying a Pale Ale from our local brewery 🙂 Our Family is healthy and I’ll be working from home tomorrow, but will continue to follow your voyage rooting you on the whole way through. I wish you safe passage and pray that you will utilize all that you’ve learned to help you endure the many obstacles that come your way. You will make complete this voyage and I look forward to your future posts. Take care of yourself.


  • John T.Rice
    Posted at 04:06h, 06 April Reply

    Be safe..pulling for you!

  • Susan Conway Gray
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 April Reply

    What an incredible journey you have set up for yourself!
    I find your reflection on the coronavirus to be incredibly insightful.
    Self isolation as a time to reflect on what we want to become, what legacy we choose to leave behind.
    To many that level of self introspection will appear daunting and even impossible.
    To truly examine our minds, behaviors, and motivations while holding them into the light through the prism of our souls is an exercise most would not have the courage to do.
    But I hope some will take up that challenge.
    Good luck to you!

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